UNICEF has renewed its commitment to support the
building of stronger district systems for child protection. UNICEF is
currently operating in 29 districts across the country.
The humanitarian organisation is currently
supporting 10 social workers from 10 Sub Counties in Kasese district as a
measure to improve the human resource needed for case management.
On Tuesday, UNICEF delivered four more new motorcycles for social workers in Kyarumba, Karusandara, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha and
Mohamed El Munir A. Safieldin, the UNICEF Country Representative, says prior to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, teenage pregnancies stood at 24% but the prevalence in Kasese now stands at 34.8%.
He says that UNICEF is supporting the district with resources to ensure the case
management capacity is much stronger to eliminate abuse.
Safieldin adds that due
to lockdown measures, a number of young children especially girls globally are
facing a lot of abuse, which needs intervention.
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Dr. Safieldin also re-echoed their commitment for strategic partnerships and collaboration with the district on food
availability, nutrition, school feeding and general socio-economic wellbeing of
He said that since the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of children who are hungry, isolated, abused and forced into
marriage has greatly increased.
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Kasese district LC V chairperson, Eliphaz Muhindi applauded the support of UNICEF saying such
collaborative partnerships will help address the emergency needs of the people and enhance new
innovations for the district.
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Asiimwe Zainabu, the acting Kasese senior probation and welfare officer, says that her office
has been struggling with transport to reach out to all corners of the district
when the need arises.
She says the absence of timely response demoralizes
the community members from reporting but also opens up doors for offenders to
walk squat free. “You
lose time, you lose some of the cases,” Zainabu noted.